by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know who the Top 2 outfielders are, as they are the two elite players in the game regardless of the position. It’s more of a 1 and 1a situation and we certainly couldn’t argue with anyone who wanted to flip how we have them ranked. The real question is who is going to follow them on dynasty draft boards? Let’s take a look:
1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels (24-years old)
2. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals (23-years old)
3. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates (29-years old)
4. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins (26-years old)
5. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox (23-years old)
6. George Springer – Houston Astros (26-years old)
7. A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks (28-years old)
8. J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers (28-years old)
9. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (30-years old)
10. Justin Upton – Detroit Tigers (28-years old)
11. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (23-years old)
12. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays (35-years old)
13. Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins (24-years old)
14. Gregory Polanco – Pittsburgh Pirates (24-years old)
15. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates (27-years old)
16. Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets (30-years old)
17. Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles (30-years old)
18. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies (29-years old)
19. Carlos Gomez – Houston Astros (30-years old)
20. Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals (29-years old)
- We’ve noted our concerns about Giancarlo Stanton, his health and the return of his power for 2016 (click here for the in-depth article). As we said on our 2016 rankings, “Part of the problem has been consistently missing time due to injuries (he’s played in more than 123 games just once in the past four seasons). Last year’s wrist injury would be a concern on it’s own, especially for a player who depends on his power (there’s a risk of any wrist injury suppressing a player’s power). Throw in a consistently elevated strikeout rate (29.9% in ’15), which could limit his average, and there are enough reasons to downgrade him (at least slightly) until he proves he’s healthy.” That said, long-term he’s more than worth the “gamble”.
- It’s easy to look towards the 20-something year old players and deem them the better picks, especially for the long-term, but are 30-year olds really over the hill? While he’s had his ups and down, Chris Davis should still have multiple big seasons left in him and he will be calling Baltimore home. In other words, don’t downgrade him in dynasty formats.
- We can’t ignore the potential risks involved in Justin Upton, someone who has proven to be among the streakiest hitters in the game. That said there also is a lot to like, especially joining J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the Tigers’ lineup. For more on Upton and what we are expecting from him this season, click here.
- Charlie Blackmon has significant value, especially short-term, but a lot of his value comes from his speed and at his age that could regress in short order. That’s why, for the long-term, we’d look long and hard about investing in Christian Yelich and/or Gregory Polonco (both of which have growing to do), before trusting Blackmon.
- If you are looking to win now there are few better options than Jose Bautista. He’s almost a lock to go 30/100 and, at this point, that’s simply not easy to find. Don’t ignore the numbers based on his age alone.
- How about the Pirates having their entire starting outfield ranked in the Top 15 here? Makes you wonder about the prospects they have on the farm…
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